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Whispers of the Spirit in the Irish Church

The chiming of a bell next Saturday evening at the ancient monastic site of Clomacnoise will be significant. It calls together for silence and prayer a motley crew of well over 100 people, laity, religious, priests and bishops, all participants at a day-long...

|Jun 14, 2022

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A Church Synod by Fr Sean McNulty SSC

The Synod Pope Francis has convoked is a Church synod, Fr Sean McNulty emphasises. It is a forum for listening to everybody’s experience of discipleship with compassion and tenderness. I am hoping that the Synodal Pathway will provide the Church with an opportunity...

|Mar 28, 2022

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Public Consultation on Irish Synodal Pathway

The Steering Committee and Task Group for the Irish Synodal Pathway wish to express their appreciation to all who contributed to the public consultation which took place in April and May 2021. The consultation invited responses to the following question: What would...

|Mar 23, 2022

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Derry Diocese steps out on its Synodal Journey

Back in October 2021, Pope Francis opened preparations for the 2023 Synod of Bishop’s Gathering in Rome which will focus on the theme “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission”. In simple terms, this Synod focuses on how we are operating and...

|Feb 25, 2022

Synodality: The Synodal Path by Fr Tom O’Reilly  SSC

Synodality: The Synodal Path by Fr Tom O’Reilly SSC

Launching the Far East’s new series on Synodality, Fr Tom O’Reilly explains how walking and discerning together and listening attentively to each other are at the heart of the synodal process. We are familiar with adversarial debate in our parliamentary systems. The...

Derry Diocese steps out on its Synodal Journey

Derry Diocese steps out on its Synodal Journey

Back in October 2021, Pope Francis opened preparations for the 2023 Synod of Bishop’s Gathering in Rome which will focus on the theme “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission”. In simple terms, this Synod focuses on how we are operating and...

Is this a Synod for Everyone?

Is this a Synod for Everyone?

When consultations are launched there is inevitably some cynicism in the ether.  “The outcomes have already been pre-determined”, “Same old, same old”, “We’ve been here before”, “Nothing but a talking shop”.  And so it is with this Synod on Synodality.  No sooner was...

Communal Discernment in a Synodal Church

Communal Discernment in a Synodal Church

Pope Francis speaks a lot about discernment, and it is clear that he regards it as a key feature of synodality. It is what distinguishes the way of proceeding of the Church from that of a parliament or even a citizens’ assembly- it is like these (Francis called the...

Beginning to journey together

Beginning to journey together

There is much talk in the Church about being on a synodal pathway but what does that mean? A synod is a gathering, and a pathway implies a journey. This means that we are going to be journeying together for a significant length of time, in fact it means that this way...